Sturgeon moon


The full moon is on the rise again.  We begin August with the Sturgeon Moon, 11:27 pm tonight.  I’m intrigued.  I poke around… and I am hooked (no pun intended). Tonight’s August moon takes it’s name from this peculiar sea creature, which was at one time, most plentiful at this time of year.  It turns out that in my area, we have a few varieties, and that sturgeon are in trouble in our rivers and seas. ‘Sturgeon are often referred to as “living fossils” because they are among the oldest groups of bony fishes and have retained primitive characteristics.’  But both the Atlantic and the shortnosed are endangered.  So I’m breaking out my shark’s tooth for inspiration and my pencil.  This living fossil requires a closer look.  I suspect I would be very sad to see them go.

The night sky this August brings a special treat, other than to cast a light on an amazing fish.  In August we will have 2 full moons… a blue moon is on the way.
So how often might you see a silver sturgeon with moonstone spines?  Maybe once
in a blue moon if I have my way.

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